504 Down 635 To Go
33.3 Miles hiked in 3 Days
*500 Mile Milestone
Day 1 6/3/2018
Left home at 6 AM 4 hour drive to the trailhead and a 11 mile hike planned of a 2.5 connecting route and the 8.5 mile Grassy Lake Segment. Started at 11:20 with cool temps and a drizzle rumor has it this segment can be quite wet, and with 5 inches of rain the previous week I was wondering if I would keep my feet dry. Well I didn’t get completely soaked but wet none the less. Overall not the most enjoyable segment but not worst. Saw 5 pairs of Trumpeter swans and a couple by themselves and a crazy one flying all around honking endlessly never figured out what was wrong but something had it worked up. Bugs not to bad mostly due to a high wind, wondering how the bugs will be in the next two days with less wind forcasted. At the end of my hike when I went back to the original trailhead was lucky to meet Jessica Brewington and Amanda Dodd of Warrior Expeditions. Warrior Expeditions provides veterans with everything they need to complete a long distance outdoor expedition at no cost to the veteran.
Day 2 6/4/2018
Sunny skies and warm weather on the 11.2 mile Tuscobia Segment which is on the Tuscobia State Trail a 74-mile abandoned railroad grade. Overall not the most exciting but relativity easy walking bugs were tolerable as long as you stayed moving. This IAT segment runs from just east of HWY 53 to Birchwood passing through the town of Brill.
Passed Many farms saw lots of deer and a few cranes and some buffalo grazing at a farm and also this bridge over the swollen Brill river.
Day 3 6/5/2018
Beautiful morning for the 5.4-mile bear lake segment and a 5.7 mile connecting route through the town of Haugen. The bear lake segment was very nice with the first part through thick forest with lots of ferns and thick vegetation (and thick mosquitos) transitioning into a more open landscape passing through the L. E. Phillips Scout Reservation a 1400 acre Scout Camp.
This lead to a nice road section passing by the Bear Lake Sedge Meadow leading into the town of Haugen then to the Wild Rivers Trail taking me to the trailhead. Hoping to head back up in a few weeks.
That’s all for now Andy